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Coronavirus 10 June 2020 - 3.30pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Wednesday 10 June 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Small businesses need to act fast on grant bids

Swansea businesses hoping to take advantage of a Welsh Government grants scheme have only a few weeks left to get their applications in.

We're urging remaining eligible businesses who've not yet applied to act fast after the Welsh Government announced a deadline of 30 June at 5.00pm for new applications for the scheme administered in Swansea by the council.

The scheme has already paid out more than £46m to over 3,700 qualifying small businesses.

The Welsh Government launched the small business grants scheme in April and to find out more go to: www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusbusinessgrant

 

Supporting the shielded

We're delivering emergency food parcels to 500 shielded individuals to help them cope with the pandemic.

We took over responsibility for the service from the Welsh Government around a week ago - and 100% of planned deliveries were made in the first week.

We support those who need to shield themselves from the virus in a number of ways and many services have worked together to provide that support.

The council takes bulk delivery of the food parcels on a Monday and delivers the following day. 

Officers who have taken on new responsibilities to make this possible - through taking calls, processing information and delivering the parcels - include those from the council's Cultural Services, Tackling Poverty, Scrutiny, Elections, Democratic Services and Client Transport teams.

 

Carers Week

Lord Mayor Mark Child is lending his support to tens of thousands of unpaid carers around the city who look after loved ones in need of support.

He says all the many carers out there deserve support and praise. In these times there are even more as family members take on responsibilities to protect loved ones.

He said: "Caring is an everyday event, for partners caring for their spouse with dementia or frailty, families looking after an individual with disability or mental-health issues, and children too who are carers, helping a sibling or parent at times their friends are playing. We should always be thinking of these people, how we can make their caring easier, how we can ensure they get respite, time to be themselves."

If you are a carer or know someone who is, you can find more information about the services on offer from the council and our partners here: www.swansea.gov.uk/carers

There's also information available from Swansea Carers Centre on their new website launched this week at: www.swanseacarerscentre.org.uk/

 

Recycling centres

A big thank you to residents using our recycling centres for their support and patience over the last three weeks. We're getting thousands of visits a week to the five centres which re-opened last month to residents with re-designed drop-off areas to ensure social distancing regulations continue to be observed.

Around 1,200 visitors a day are taking advantage of services that will take most recyclables but not black bags at present.

Before setting out on a visit to your recycling centre please check out the information on this link: www.swansea.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

 

Road resurfacing projects start in city communities

Road resurfacing work is continuing today in Heol Llangyfelach in Felindre, as part of a project to resurface 10 city roads in the space of a fortnight.

Highways teams are taking advantage of lower than normal levels of traffic to carry out the work in communities across the city. Work on two sections of Gors Avenue in Townhill is set to take place in the coming days, subject to weather conditions.

There's more information about the resurfacing programme as part of Swansea Roadwatch here: www.swansea.gov.uk/roadwatch


Staff

To stay safe and help avoid contracting coronavirus there are key social distancing rules we must all follow at home and work:

  • Always observe social distancing, stay 2 metres apart.
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you are meeting one other household, stay outdoors and stay local and keep 2m apart
  • Work from home if you can
  • Do not share lifts with others from outside your household
  • Continue to follow Government guidance that can be found at: www.gov.wales/coronavirus

If anyone has any of the Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, other than leaving home to be tested, they must self-isolate at home immediately. Stay at home if you or anyone you live with has symptoms - needs to include anyone you live with.

These symptoms are:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A fever
  • Loss of smell or taste

If you begin to display symptoms of coronavirus then you have the option of attending a drive-through testing unit at the Liberty Stadium by booking an appointment at: https://sbuhb.nhs.wales/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19/test-trace-protect/

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